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Australia Henty Machinery Field Days cancelled for 2021 over COVID-19

00:32  11 august  2021
00:32  11 august  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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There will be no going to the Henty Field Days next month — this year's event has been cancelled over concerns and restrictions imposed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Henty Machinery Field Days (HMFD) board will now look into the possibility of rescheduling for March 2022.

Chief executive Belinda Anderson said the decision was made after New South Wales Health "strongly recommended" the event be rescheduled.

Border restrictions also played a part, with 50 per cent of exhibitors coming from interstate.

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“Six weeks from the event seems like a long time, but an event of this size does not happen overnight and we owe it to those businesses committed to the 2021 event to give them fair warning," Ms Anderson said.

“The majority of visitors come from within a three hour drive of Henty, signifying there is a great representation from Victoria.

“Snap lock downs will still be possible in September and HMFD cannot risk a repeat of what was seen in Victoria and Queensland on the eve of major agricultural events."

The massive agribusiness event, which organisers say attracts more than 60,000 visitors each year and has an economic value of $92 million, was also cancelled in 2020.

This year's cancellation is the fourth in the event's 59-year history.

Henty Machinery Field Days is now regarded as southern Australia’s single biggest agricultural event, with more than 800 exhibitors on the permanent 105 hectare site.

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